Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 17th May, 2016)
St. Stephen's Church
why did relatively poor people in ancient times spend so much money and time and effort on building these these large buildings, beautiful they may be ?
For the glorification of God and his son, Our Lord Jesus Christ!
This must be one of the loveliest churches in Wigan!
Great pic David!
It's not ancient - in fact this end of the church is only 86 years old, and the other end is 78 years old. It's still Grade 2 Listed, though.
alan - although the churches built as towns like Wigan expanded were for 'relatively poor' - and very poor people - to worship in, they were usually built by local landowners, coal-owners and mill-owners, not the locals themselves. Often the hope was the Church would keep their workers sober, God-fearing, and fit for work on Mondays. Lord Crawford gave the land for St Stephen's, for instance. The locals have been landed with the job of keeping them going, though, as the original benefactors died or moved away.
Sometimes daughter churches (i.e. of the old Parish Church) were set up as 'missions' (sometimes corrugated iron buildings) in new areas so that the newcomers had a place to worship and wouldn't need to come and bother the 'natives' in their old church.
There's nothing new in the resentment of immigrants!
Lovely, spring, photograph.
Thank you Rev. An interesting lesson.
Thanks Rev theres a lot of knowledge in your post.
Rev,there's only so many sardines you can put in a tin, then you have to put a lid on it,and no I do not resent immigrants.